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PLYMOUTH ARTISTS WILL STAR IN QUARTERLY ART AUCTION

Three of Plymouth’s leading artists will dominate the latest Quarterly Art Sale being staged by Plymouth Auction Rooms.

 

The sale, at 6pm on Wednesday March 19, will feature work from Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard.

 

 

Among the paintings from Lenkiewicz, who died in 2002 aged 60, is Lot 98 a portrait of the artist surgeon Mr John Brodribb painted in the early 1980’s, as part of The Death Project 15, the artist discussed the painting with the surgeon and made a point of over emphasising his hands. ROBERT LENKIEIWCZ (1941-2002) oil on canvas 'My Surgeon', 98cm x 98cm, Project 15 Death' signed twice to verso, Provenance in the early 1980's surgeon John Brodribb operated on the artist, following the operation Lenkiewicz painted this concept painting  and wanted to emphasise the hands because the skill of the surgeon's hands could mean the difference between life and death for the patient .He showed this work in the early 1980's as part of the Death project series 15."it was acquired by the surgeon directly from the artist at the time. It could sell for £2,000 to £3,000.

 

A unique early painting portrays the artist’s tender side in a romantic pose with a lady in a red hat this contrast with many of his other paintings and is expected to be the highlight of the auction at £12,000 to £15,000.

 

A small oil on board self-portrait as by Robert Lenkiewicz, which is  signed three times and titled to verso, is estimated at £8,000-£10,000. There is also a charming painting titled ‘Four Pots In The Garden’, painted in, 2001, which is estimated at £1,000-£1,500;

 

 

For Beryl Cook collators there are several  limited edition prints including the rare ‘My Fur Coat’, estimated at £1,200-£1,500, and a signed limited edition print entitled ‘Satin Dresses’, estimated at £600-£800.

 

 

One of the finest Brian Pollard work’s to come to auction is a stunning signed acrylic on canvas ‘Plymouth Hoe Clipper Race 2004’, which is estimated at £1,000-£2,000.

 

 

Auctioneer and valuer Paul Keen said: “The work from Brian Pollard is one of the finest we have had and is a particularly interesting view of The Hoe.

“It is apt that city-based painters will play such a key role in our sale, which presents a great opportunity for collectors to acquire such fine works of art”

 

The Quarterly Art Sale will be held at the Plymouth Auction Rooms saleroom at Faraday Mill Trade Park, Cattedown. For further information phone 01752 254740, email info@plymouthauctions.co.uk or log on to www.plymouthauctions.co.uk

 

The Louisa Lifeboat by Mick Cawston- Auctin 14th November.

The Louisa Lifeboat by Mick Cawston- Auctin 14th November.

WE'LL LAUNCH FROM PORLOCK

The Story of the Lynmouth Lifeboat ‘Louisa’ The story of the incredible journey made by Lynmouth villagers and lifeboat crew to launch their boat at the end of the Victorian age is represented in a fine atmospheric painting due to come up for auction. The story of the Lynmouth lifeboat Louisa epitomises the exploits of brave and intrepid lifeboat volunteers who aid those in peril on dangerous seas. On the...

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RARE GUN COVER FROM H.M.S LORD NELSON

A rare Tampion (gun cover) from the Battleship H.M.S Lord Nelson depicting 'Nelson', will be coming up for auction in October. Heavily cast in brass and mounted on a circular wood plaque it of a large size at 40cm diameter so is probably from one of the ten 9.2-inch guns from the ship. HMS Lord Nelson was a Lord Nelson-class

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SOUTH HAMS VALUATION DAY

The market town of Kingsbridge is the new venue for a regular valuation event for those living in the South Hams. The team at Plymouth Auction Rooms will be available for free valuations at the offices of Luscombe Maye on the main Fore Street.  The inaugural event takes place on Monday 8th October between 10am and 2pm. If you are considering selling any jewellery, antiques, silver or watches simply take them along on the day for a...

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THE BRONZE DANCING FAUN of POMPEI

An impressive large bronze sculpture the Pompeiian Dancing Faun is one of several interesting lots coming up for sale in Plymouth next month. Dating from the late 19th early 20th century the figure is a copy of the original figure which was discovered in the atrium of the subsequently named 'House of Faun' in Pompeii, first excavated by archaeologists in 1830, and is currently held in the collection of the Naples Archaeological Museum. The Roman version unearthed is almost certainly a copy of an earlier Greek bronze....

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SOLD 20,900.

SOLD 20,900.

LOCAL SALEROOM - LONDON PRICES

A wonderful collection of antiques and works of art most of which had not been seen for most of the last century was sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms last week. Fine jewellery, rare clocks, precious hard stones and Chinese works of art attracted worldwide attention with a record amount of online bidders recorded at the sale. Paul Keen 'we we're overwhelmed with enquiries for the sale and were expecting some good results...

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SOLD 32,400

SOLD 32,400

DIAMOND RING SPARKLES IN PLYMOUTH

A stunning diamond ring has sold for a record sum at a Plymouth Auction Rooms this week, 29th April 2015. Bidders from as far as the middle east and the US competed for a remarkable 4 carat diamond ring that had been in the same Westcountry family for over fifty years. It was purchased in 1961 from Pellegrin Jewellers of Marseille, France. The family still had the original the receipt for showing that...

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The blue and white porcelain Kangxi Vase was sold for 9,500.

The blue and white porcelain Kangxi Vase was sold for 9,500.

SPECIAL SALE OF CHINESE PORCELAIN

  On Wednesday, 14th September, Plymouth Auction Rooms are offering a rare opportunity for local buyers to invest in the growing market for Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art.  Paul Keen has recently been asked to sell two local collections and is holding a special 80 Lot sale starting at the unusual time of mid day.   It may be surprising to learn that, thanks to our trading and naval history,...

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SILVER CAT PIN CUSHION MAKES RECORD PRICE 2018

Collectors from the UK and as far as the Netherlands were excited when a rare silver pin cushion in the form of a crouching cat came up for auction this week in Plymouth. Auctioneer Paul Keen ‘we sell many novelty silver pin cushions and they can be picked up from £50 to £100, however this cat really took us by surprise!’ The silver hallmark identified is as being made by silversmiths Adie & Lovekin of Birmingham around 1908. Its original...

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SOLD 3,400 Auction 30th November Lot 52 Estimate 1,500 to 2,000.

SOLD 3,400 Auction 30th November Lot 52 Estimate 1,500 to 2,000.

PLAIN GOLD RING WAS A LOVERS GIFT

A lovers gift from the 16th or 17th century handed down through generations of a Cornish family is to be sold at our fine jewellery sale this month. Posy rings were popular from the late medieval period onwards and were primarily used to communicate secret messages of love between the giver and the recipient. The wearing of words against the skin was believed to increase their poignancy.  The inner surface of the ring is often inscribed with quotations from contemporary courtship stories. Many of these rings have been discovered as treasure...

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PLYMOUTH ART LEADS THE WAY

Paintings and prints by popular local artists were in high demand at an art auction this week in Plymouth.With so many British artist’s to invest in or collect the works produced by the likes of Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard of Plymouth, still command as much interest as all the others. Auctioneer Paul Keen of the Plymouth Auction Rooms says ‘the great results achieved at this sale prove that local art is...

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This collection of Tek Sing Cargo is to be auctioned on 25th January 2017.

This collection of Tek Sing Cargo is to be auctioned on 25th January 2017.

CHIINESE SHIPWRECK CARGO -25th January 2017

In 1822 the Tek Sing (‘True Star’) set sail from China bound for Java.  She was one of the last of the Grand Chinese junks – over 180 feet in length and 30 feet wide. On board were 1600 passengers and over 200 crew and a valuable cargo of Chinese porcelain bound for the trading markets of South East Asia. The Tek Sing was never to complete her journey.  In...

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SOLD 9,100 1st March 2017

SOLD 9,100 1st March 2017

A GREAT TIME TO SELL YOUR ROLEX?

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Lot 66 SOLD 4,300.

Lot 66 SOLD 4,300.

ASIAN, US AND EUROPEAN BIDDERS COMPETE AT THE MARCH 2018 SALE.

Auctioneer Paul Keen may have been shattered coming of the rostrum at 9.30pm last week but the exhaustion was well worth it after conducting one of his highest grossing jewellery, silver and watch auctions for two years. At a time when many auction rooms are sparse of bidders with many choosing to bid online, the Plymouth Auctin Rooms are finding their attendance going up considerably with standing room only at the sale last week. Demands were high and bidding fierce for fine diamond...

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Lot 127, Lee Woods Sold 950.

Lot 127, Lee Woods Sold 950.

WESTCOUNTRY ART SELLS BEST IN PLYMOUTH

Press Release-Western Morning News, 25th March 2017. "An extremely buoyant art auction held in Plymouth last week proved that demands for contemporary and naïve Westcountry artists has never been higher. Auctioneer Paul Keen reports an uplift in demand underpinned by new young investors and collectors recognising the value of bidding for affordable art at auction. Many bidders had an enjoyable evening at Plymouth Auction Rooms witnessing intensive bidding for artists such as Brian Pollard, Simeon Stafford, Lee...

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Auction 15th March, Estimate 500.

Auction 15th March, Estimate 500.

CHANCE TO BID FOR AN ORIGINAL BERYL COOK TAPESTRY

Collectors with a keen eye may see familiar artistic styles in a simple cross stitch wool tapestry depicting a naive study of a steam ship, mermaids and dolphins. The biggest clue to its maker is the mermaids, which are slightly fuller than normal and one with a ‘cheeky’ face. Most home made woolwork tapestries carry little or no resale value however this one is special as it was completed by one of Britain’s most loved artists, Beryl Cook...

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Lot 105 10th May- String of amber beads sold 2,280 (including 20% buyers premium)

Lot 105 10th May- String of amber beads sold 2,280 (including 20% buyers premium)

AMBER IS MORE VALUABLE THAN GOLD !

The demand for original amber jewellery is so high today that it can now fetch a higher price than gold. Only this week at Plymouth Auction Rooms a very plain bead necklace weighing 76 grammes sold for an amazing £2,200. The same weight in 22 carat gold has a current value of just £1,900. Gram per gram it is more valuable than gold! The reason for this huge increase in price, is China. The Chinese have rediscovered amber,...

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READ ALL ABOUT IT.....

Browse some of the great media stories about the fascinating items that have been sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms.  

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LOT 369 10th May 2017 SOLD 8,400.

LOT 369 10th May 2017 SOLD 8,400.

MAY 2017 SALE REVIEW JEWELLERY, SILVER & WATCHES

The May sale of jewellery, watches and silver comprised some 300 lots collected which generated a sale total of over £100,000. The watch section yielded the highest prices with gents Rolex watches continuing to find buyers both local and international. Online sales continue to grow with most lots being very well contested by online collectors well over estimates. There were bidders listed from New York, France, Austria, Germany, China and many other countries. Rolex sales included...

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The 'Ford' Station taget sign SOLD 650

The 'Ford' Station taget sign SOLD 650

MODEL RAILWAY AND RAILWAYANA SEPTEMBER 2017

Press Feature Western Morning News 18th August 2017. The late Mr Christopher Horsham of South East Cornwall was well known amongst fellow railway enthusiasts in Devon and Cornwall as a keen collector of Railwayana and Platform Tickets. Over many years he accumulated an extensive collection of some 2000 vintage platform tickets, meticulously displayed in an album and featuring redundant stations many of which were local and in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  This album together with a...

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SOLD 6,500 19th July 2017.

SOLD 6,500 19th July 2017.

RARE MARINE CHRONOMETER BY PAUL BARRAUD

An 8 day marine chronometer, the dial inscribed Barrauds’ LONDON, is expected to attract significant interest. The gimbaled movement, numbered 932, is housed in a brass-bound mahogany case, in untouched condition. The dial shows a rare state-of-wind aperture and the interior of the case bears a label indicating that it was once maintained, in Southampton, for the steamship the ‘Sardonyx’. A similar piece, model number 992, is in the London Science Museum. Paul Philip Barraud (1750 – 1820) had workshops in...

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PRESS RELEASE - 21st September 2017

'A most pretty clock’ is how auctioneer Paul Keen describes lot 15 at his sale next week.  The antique French miniature silver and guilloche enamelled carriage clock may only be 40mmm tall but is very desirable. In excellent condition, made by Argent in the ealry 1900’s. It has been in the same family for many years and should have no problem in acheiving its estimate range of £300 to £500. Small silver objects are always popular at auction...

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Remarkable story of how a Plymouth Masonic ring saved the Life of a brave soldier from the Great War.

Press ReleaseView BBC World War One at Home Link Plymouthian, Bertram Blight, was one of the first men to receive extensive and radical plastic surgery at the end of the First World War. However he would never had had the opportunity of surviving to 1952 if it wasn’t for the ring that he was wearing at the time he incurred his horrific injuries. Bored...

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RARE BARRAUD'S POCKET WATCH DISCOVERY

Paul Barraud, was born in London 1752, into a family of fine watch and clockmakers. He produced many important chronometers and timepieces and died in 1820. His work can be found in the British Museum and Science Museum. Fast forward over 200 years to our valuation day this month. A Plymouth family inherited a strong box which their father always claimed to have valuables inside. Amongst the items they discovered a heavy gold pocket watch and albert chain which they brought along to our...

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Lot 150

Lot 150

PRESS RELEASE - NOVEMBER JEWELLERY

A wonderful array of diamonds and valuable watches will greet bidders at Plymouth Auction Rooms on Wednesday. The final evening sale of the year offers probably one of the best collections of jewellery and watches seen in Plymouth for quite some time. Over 200 lots are on offer with estimates to suit all tastes and budgets. A Christmas gift, an engagement or collector of antique jewellery, all are catered for with guide prices from just £100. Auctioneer Paul...

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A Christmas Auction

A Christmas Auction

2017 CHRISTMAS AUCTION

Bidders will be greeted with mince pies and a festive atmosphere at Plymouth Auction Rooms final sale of the year on 13th December. The eclectic 300 lots auction features a most diverse range of collectables and antiques. From pocket watches, to porcelain, medals, furniture and lots of curious there is something for everyone with guide prices from as little as £20. There are many lots which have been in local families for...

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Lot 100 Sold 7,000.

Lot 100 Sold 7,000.

LOCAL BIDDERS TAKE STAR LOTS AT BUOYANT AUCTION - NOVEMBER 2017

At a time when many of the higher value lots are being taken up but national and overseas buyers, it was refreshing for auctioneer Paul Keen to see several of the ‘star’ lots at his recent sale being purchased by local buyers attending the sale and outbidding determined internet bidders. The November jewellery and watch sale generated a brace of valuable entries many consigned following an extremely busy valuation day earlier in the month. A large diamond solitaire...

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A collection of antique enamel silver cases coming up for auction on 10th January 2018.

A collection of antique enamel silver cases coming up for auction on 10th January 2018.

NEW YEAR SALES 2018

Press Release 1st January.January is often a lean time in auction rooms with few goods around to service the high demands from collectors eager to get the year under way. Plymouth Auction Rooms are again bucking the trend by hosting a sale of lovely jewellery, rare and vintage watches and collectable silver. The evening sale on 10th January features several interesting silver collectables including a novelty pair of Edwardian silver and enamelled sugar nips in the...

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The John Speed Map coming up for auction on 7th March 2108.

The John Speed Map coming up for auction on 7th March 2108.

RARE MAP TURNS UP ON VALUATION DAY - 2018

 A rare 17th century map was brought along to the saleroom this week (8th Jan). John Speed (1552-1629) is one of the best known names in the history of English cartography, producing his first map in 1601 and in 1627 "Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World" the first world atlas produced by an Englishman. Speed’s work can be identified by detailed, informative and highly decorated maps.  A Plymouth gentleman recently inherited two maps and bought them along to Paul Keen’s valuation day....

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Lot 85, Victorian walnut canterbury - Auction 7th March

Lot 85, Victorian walnut canterbury - Auction 7th March

PRESS RELEASE PREVIEWING 7TH MARCH 2018 AUCTION

Western Morning News 24th February 2018.Later today thousands of rugby fans will be tuning in to watch England take on Scotland in the Six Nations. Tickets are scarce and expensive to watch any major rugby games and in particular at the ‘home of rugby’ Twickenham Stadium. Now enthusiasts have a chance to own outright their very own stadium seats! A pair of folding metal framed and wood slated seats that once graced the stadium around the 1930/40’s are to be sold by auction...

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Lot 291

Lot 291

POCKET WATCHES GALORE MARCH 2018

 There is something exciting about opening up the case of antique pocket watch, enthuses auctioneer Paul Keen. Many Georgian pocket watches have a plain and non-descript exterior but this outer façade often hides a highly intricate and beautiful gilt mechanical movement. Many sellers that come along to valuation days at Plymouth Auction Rooms have never looked inside their inherited pocket watch and often amazed when they have site of the workings which often reveal a makers name, city and date.

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Lot 30 An American sterling silver flatware service, Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

Lot 30 An American sterling silver flatware service, Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

TWO FINE SILVER CANTEENS OF CUTLERY MARCH 2018

 Solid silver cutlery would impress any one at a dinner party. Now there is an opportunity to bid for a choice of two extensive silver sets each over 150 pieces. For a twelve person gathering these sets are perfect and in excellent condition. They are both made by the American silversmith, the International Silver Company, from Meriden, Connecticut. One is in the stylish Royal Danish pattern, comprising 177 pieces and weighing some 2o0 ounces, the other by the same maker is in the ‘1810’ pattern and is 164 pieces They...

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Lot 31

Lot 31

SPRING AUCTION OF JEWELLERY, WATCHES & SILVER 2018

The Plymouth Auction Rooms are hosting a fabulous sale of over 300 selected lots of jewellery, pocket watches, luxury wristwatches and collectable silver at the end of the month. Many of the lots have been consigned on behalf of executors for Devon and Cornwall and also from the many people that attended the recent popular valuation day hosted these auctioneers in Plymouth. The sale offers something for all tastes and budgets. Antique and modern diamond rings are estimated from just £100 to a...

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SMALL LENKIEWICZ SELF PORTRAIT SELLS FOR 9,000

The small size of the self portrait oil painting by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) did not deter a local collector biddng an after sale £9,000 to acquire it at the February 2018 art auction.The sale rounded of some strong results for 20th century and contemporary art. Measuring just 20cm x 25cm the painting abtly titled 'Self Portrait' and signed twice attracted several pre sale bids around £8,000 and just after the sale two collectors were in the running to pay over £10,000 with the premium. A Plymouth gentleman...

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Lot 16, SOLD 1,050.

Lot 16, SOLD 1,050.

CHINESE PORCELAIN AND SWAROVSKI SELL AT APRIL AUCTION 2018

 Asan works of art led the way once again at Plymouth Auction Rooms this week. Successful bidders from Hong Kong, Shanghai and Malta took some of the price porcelain lots on offer. Further entries from the Burgoyne collection attracted bids comfortably beyond their estimates including lot 66 a pair of Chinese porcelain jars decorated with text script selling for £1,400, followed by lot 67 a pair of Chinese heavy porcelain 'Foo Dogs' at £700 and a set of five tea bowls, even with some damage making...

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FINE BRONZE SCULPTURE BY IRISHMAN RICK LEWIS MAY 2018.

Irishman Rick Lewis is known as “The Queens Favourite Sculptor”. He produces high quality bronzes and paintings from his gallery at the stunning Ashford Castle, in Cong, near Galway, West Ireland.   Born in Co. Down, Rick became a professional football player, – playing for Birmingham City and Oxford United until  injury ended his sporting career and sent him instead into the world of art. In 1961, Rick joined Royal Worcester and met Harry Davis, leading ceramic artist of the 20th century, he discovered Rick’s true talents....

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ANTIQUES ROADHSOW 'STAR' COMES TO AUCTION IN PLYMOUTH

One of the ‘star’ finds on the Antiques Roadshow when it came to Plymouth in 1988 is now to be sold at auction. A superb quality Edwardian satinwood dressing table was taken along to the show by a Plymouth gentleman who had purchased it some years before from a general antiques shop whilst on a holiday trip to France. Furniture expert Christopher Payne, enthused about the piece and it remained on display throughout the show. Of Georgian design the early 20th century English...

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Lot 12 - 27th June 2018

Lot 12 - 27th June 2018

ASTON VILLA MEDAL TURNS UP ON VALUATION DAY

A solid gold football medal was recently brought along to a valuation day held in Plymouth. Dated 1897 the medal was awarded by Aston Villa Football Club to a G.B. Ramsay in 1897. Finely cast in 18ct gold it depicts football trophies on one side and the Aston Villa Lion on the other, it has the team banner at the top and is inscribed on one side  'Presented to G.B.Ramsay Esq, By the members in grateful recognition of valued services', and in the other 'League Champions and English Cup Winners ...

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The Rolex Daytona 116506

The Rolex Daytona 116506

FINE ROLEX WATCHES TO CHOOSE FROM - AUGUST 2018

A choice of top end time pieces come up for auction later this month in Plymouth. Collectors of Rolex watches will have several premium models to choose from. We have chosen three from the collection. One of the finest modern watches to come up for sale in the Westcountry will be on offer. The Rolex Daytona, 116506. Made in solid platinum this iconic watch is expected to attract the attention of UK and overseas serious collectors. It features an ice blue 40mm dial, chestnut brown ceramic bezel,...

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A sample of some of the original Lenkiewicz frames coming up for auction on 8th August 2018

A sample of some of the original Lenkiewicz frames coming up for auction on 8th August 2018

A POSTHUMOUS PROJECT 22 - The Paintings Lenkiewicz Never Painted!

In later life, Robert Lenkiewicz painted from a number of 'secret studios' mainly on and around The Barbican. Here he created paintings specifically aimed to sell in order to finance his ever-growing collection of antiquarian books. These he either designated to 'Project 18: The Painter with Women' as a later addition (the project had been exhibited in 1995) or as 'NPP' - Non-project Pieces which indicated they belonged to none of the artist's 21 themed projects on social and philosophical subjects but were one-off 'studies'. A system of coloured triangles showed where they had been...

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Chinese blanc de chine porcelain - auction 12th September 2018

Chinese blanc de chine porcelain - auction 12th September 2018

ASIAN WORKS OF ART DISCOVERED IN CHINA CABINET

Press Release , August 2018 Auctioneers never quite know what’s going to turn up from one day to the next. At Plymouth Auction Rooms people arrive daily with boxes and boxes of chinaware all manner of objects, the valuers often see tea sets and numerous ornaments however last week a local family sorting through the contents of their father’s china cabinet brought along an array of interesting oriental objects and small Victorian collectables. As the market remains buoyant for Asian art the family may be in for a...

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Auction 5th November A fine English Table Clock by J.Lowndes

Auction 5th November A fine English Table Clock by J.Lowndes

THE FASCINATING ANTIQUE CONTENTS OF A LOCAL RESIDENCE.

Every now and then auctioneers have the pleasure of discovering wonderful works of art when they visit people’s homes.   Paul Keen had one such visit seven years ago when he discovered an important collection of gold coins in a Plymouth property resulting in the sale of one of most important coin collections outside  London in the last fifty years.   Last year he undertook a probate valuation...

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SOLD 3,100.

SOLD 3,100.

WHAT PRICE FOR A 'BANKERS' CHINESE VASE?

A large Chinese vase recently brought along to one of our valuations mornings once belonged to a bank inspector who worked for the Shanghai bank in the 19th century. It has been kept in the family ever since it was brought back from China around 1900 and is now being sold by his grandson. The 19th century blue and white porcelain vase, 42cm high, is in excellent condition and we believe is from the Guangxu period  (1871-1908). The underside of...

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RARE WESTCOUNTRY SILVER SPOON DICOVERED ON VALUATION DAY

A rare Westcountry silver spoon has been discovered on a Plymouth Auction Rooms valuation day. Whilst sorting through some Georgian silver cutlery valuer Paul Keen spotted a worn silver spoon which was quickly identified as a rare trefid spoon and on closer inspection to one dating from the Queen Anne period, 1703 with an Exeter hallmark. The trefid spoon was introduced in England around 1660 and is typified by a flat handle having a stem that widens at the top and has two notches that form it into a three lobed...

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SOLD 2,000

SOLD 2,000

PLYMOUTH ARTISTS WILL STAR IN QUARTERLY ART AUCTION

Three of Plymouth’s leading artists will dominate the latest Quarterly Art Sale being staged by Plymouth Auction Rooms.   The sale, at 6pm on Wednesday March 19, will feature work from Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard.     Among the paintings from Lenkiewicz, who died in 2002 aged 60, is Lot 98 a portrait of the artist surgeon Mr John Brodribb painted...

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SOLD 6,800

SOLD 6,800

GREAT RESULT FOR FRED YATES PAINTING AT OUR AUGUST ART AUCTION

A fine Fred Yates (1922-2008) painting proved to be one of the top sellers at our August 20th art auction. The painting had been in the same family since it was painted in the 1970’s, depicting a group of children running around a farmhouse in Botallack, Near St Just, Cornwall The good size painting, 88cm x 88cm, with a frame made by Fred himself attracted tremendous pre sale interest. Estimated at £3,000...

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SCOUTING AND BADEN POWELL COLLECTION DECAMP TO AUCTION

AUCTION SATURDAY 28TH MARCH AT 10.30AM The Graham Brooks Collection of Baden Powell and Scouting Memorabilia. Graham Brooks is a retired Silver Wolf. 

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PART OF THE TEK SING CARGO COLLECTION FOR SALE IN NOVEMBER.

PART OF THE TEK SING CARGO COLLECTION FOR SALE IN NOVEMBER.

CHINESE TREASURE CARGO FOR AUCTION

A collection of Chinese porcelain recovered from an early 19th century wreck is to be in Plymouth this month.   Some 300 Chinese blue and white porcelain bowls that were part of a huge consignment recovered from the Tek Sing Chinese Junk in 1999 are expected to sell for over £3,000.   The Tek Sing was a large three-masted

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SOLD 20,000

SOLD 20,000

PRESS RELEASE DECEMBER 2015

The demand for Self Portrait paintings by Robert Lenkiewicz remains strong, reports auctioneer and valuer Paul Keen. With the sale of six self-portraits this year under his belt Paul is optimistic with the Lenkiewicz market going forward into 2015. Only last week a stunning painting titled ‘Self Portrait in Blue and Pink Scarves’ measuring 60cm x 60cm received great praise from many collectors. The estimate of £20,000 to £25,000 proved to be accurate with...

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Chinese silver export service 2,300.

Chinese silver export service 2,300.

JANUARY 2015 AUCTION REVIEW

The first sale of the year continued very much along the same lines as our December sale with buoyant bidding, surprise results and multi estimate sales. The second collection of Royal Mint proof silver and gold coins collected by a Plymouth gentleman over 20 years achieved double our estimate with a hammer total of over £13,000 bringing the total sale of coins to over £25,000 in two sales. We now have a good client base for...

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COLLECTORS AUCTION IS 'A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE'

Auctioneer Paul Keen expects his next auction will be a ‘trip down memory lane’ for many bidders next week. A most eclectic sale of some 500 lots of collectors’ items, most of which are being sold on behalf of families in Devon and Cornwall is expected to attract national and international attention. The diverse lots include collections of Dinky and Corgi models, stamp collections, old coin collections, famous sporting autographs,...

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DID WILLIAM BLACKADDER MURDER WILLIAM DARNLEY 1N 1567?

The murder of Henry Darnley in 1567 attracted a number of conspiracy theories. A soldier by the name of William Blackadder was the principle suspect and a guilty verdict led to him being hanged, drawn and quartered before each of his limbs was nailed to the gates of a different Scottish town. At the time of his murdered Henry Darnley was married but estranged to Mary Queen of Scots and he was found dead with...

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GILL WATKISS Lot 336

GILL WATKISS Lot 336

ART AUCTION IS BEST IN THE WEST!

Press Release.Western Morning News Saturday 11th April. For just one region, the Westcountry has always benefited from an abundance of gifted artists – both those native to the area and those who have migrated here for the scenery or creative lifestyle. The team at Plymouth Auction Rooms has seen many exceptional pieces of local artwork pass through its doors.

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Rolex Submariner 2,900

Rolex Submariner 2,900

APRIL AUCTION REVIEW

The demand for fine jewellery, watches and paintings is high at Plymouth Auction Rooms. The sale this week, April 15th, yielded some great results with bidding from as far as the Middle East, the US and many parts of Devon and Cornwall. The popular three section auction kicked of with a thirty lot mixed furniture section. However it was an old suitcase that took the best bid. Discovered in the...

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LOT 100 AUCTION WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2016

LOT 100 AUCTION WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY 2016

FROM A POCKET WATCH TO A SUFFRAGETTE

A pocket watch with links to the Suffragette Movement has been discovered by a local inquisitive Plymouth pocket watch collector. On a visit to an antique fair he purchased a large goliath size pocket watch which was housed in a silver case for his collection. The clock came with an old tin trunk and some papers. Once he had cleaned up the clock he had a closer look at the paperwork and name on the...

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SEXTANT WITH FASCINATING HISTORY

Press Release September 2015.   Plymouth Auction Rooms will be auctioning an interesting Naval sextant on the 11th November with a fascinating history. The sextant was made by J.Coombes of Devonport in 1907, a standard piece of Naval equipment used to plot the position of a ship before GPS came in and still used today as a back-up for when communication systems fail. It is an Edwardian 6 ½” radius Vernier Sextant, with oxidised brass three circle pattern frame, the...

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Lot 416

Lot 416

ROBIN GOODWIN ORIGINAL FOR NOVEMBER AUCTION

Most people instantly recognise the work of British wildlife artist and conservationist David Shepherd, but many may not be aware that he was trained by an artist with close connections to Plymouth; in fact the inspiration for his first elephant came during his time with artist Robin Goodwin (1908-1997). A fine artist in his own right, Goodwin produced fine marine and traditional works. Collectors now have the rare opportunity of buying two paintings by the artist.

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A rare ARCHIBALD KNOX designed carriage clock coming up for auction on 3rd February.

A rare ARCHIBALD KNOX designed carriage clock coming up for auction on 3rd February.

FIRST DISCOVERY OF 2016

It didn’t take long this year for Plymouth Auction Rooms to have their first discovery. A small carriage clock of simple design housed in pewter cased was brought along to one of their first valuation mornings in Plymouth this year. The clock had been in the family for three generations. The base of the clock was stamped Tudric and on inspection was quickly identified as an extremely rare Art Nouveau...

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BRAVE SOLDIER AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR HEROIC ACTIONS.

A Military Medal group of 7 medals awarded to Lance Bombardier Victor Arthur Blake, 823539, 124 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery comprising military medal (George V) for bravery in field stamped 823539 L.BMBR.V.BLAKE.R.A. also the 1939 45 star, the Africa’s star with 8th army bar, the Italy Star, the France and Germany star, 3945 war medal and territorial medal for efficient service.   Victor Arthur Blake Royal Artillery died aged 29 on 2nd October 1944 bravery...

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Lot 16. Lee Woods.

Lot 16. Lee Woods.

WESTCOUNTRY PAINTINGS AND PRINTS TO SUIT ALL TASTES AND BUDGETS.

Fine paintings and prints by some of Devon and Cornwall’s leading artist will come under the hammer in Plymouth next week. Artist such as Kurt Jackson, Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz, John Hopwood, Ralph Freeman, Joan Gillchrest, Simeon Stafford will be auctioned of alongside rare works by L.S.Lowry, Irish art, a St.Ives collection and much more.   Some 180 lots will be auctioned by Paul keen on Wednesday evening (28th) at 6.00pm.  ...

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Lot 254 Rolex, a fine Gents Explorer II, stainless steel wrist watch, Model 1655, serial number 7432001, circa 1983, with service guarantee dated 2006, with original box and outer box. SOLD 9,000.

Lot 254 Rolex, a fine Gents Explorer II, stainless steel wrist watch, Model 1655, serial number 7432001, circa 1983, with service guarantee dated 2006, with original box and outer box. SOLD 9,000.

FINE WATCHES ATTRACT FINE PRICES MAY 2016.

The rising demand for luxury and collectable wrist watches was clearly apparent at the specialist sale of watches at Plymouth Auction Rooms this week. Local, national and even international collectors bidding through the internet generated a most exciting evening local auction yielding some remarkable sales. Auctioneer Paul Keen enthuses ‘it is great time to sell fine watches, particularly Rolex, but also Omega, Jaegers Le Coultre, Cartier...

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BERYL COOK PAINTING HITS THE HEADLINES

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Lot 229 Auction 5th July 2016 Sold for 4,680.

Lot 229 Auction 5th July 2016 Sold for 4,680.

WORN CONDITION OF WATCH DOES NOT DETER ENTHUSIASTS

The tired and worn condition of this Gents Omega wrist watch did not distract watch enthusiasts from bidding nearly ten times its pre sale estimate at our sale this month (5th July). The huge increase in demand for classic and rare Gents watches was clear at this specialist watch auction with many lots selling over estimate. However amongst the valuable other Rolex and Omega watches this unassuming Omega was the stand out result. Against expectations of...

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Rev. W. Houghton Two Volumes British Fresh Water Fishes. Auction 14th December 2016.

Rev. W. Houghton Two Volumes British Fresh Water Fishes. Auction 14th December 2016.

BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN BOOKS ON BRITISH FISH

Anglers and fishing enthusiasts may be excited to hear about two rare antique books that are coming up for sale. Reverend W.Houghton, was a Shropshire clergyman and author.  In the 1870’s he produced this book titled ‘British Fresh Water Fishes’ aimed at the fisherman rather than the naturalist, with the text offering in depth information about recognition, feeding and breeding habits, habitat and bait. The book is over two volumes and is beautifully illustrated with...

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Lot 137  SOLD 6,000 Auction 7th December 2016.

Lot 137 SOLD 6,000 Auction 7th December 2016.

JOAN GILLCHREST SELF PORTRAIT

Mousehole based Joan Gillchrest (1918 – 2008) established herself as one of the foremost naïve artists of her time. Just as L. S. Lowry’s work depicts the life and times of the working class people of Northern England Joan’s distinctive paintings depicted the fisher folk of Cornwall’s Penwith Peninsula. Works by Gillchrest have risen in value over the last ten years as collectors have been keen to acquire original paintings by  artists of the St. Ives School art from...

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Baccarrat paperweight, dated 1848, auction 25th January.

Baccarrat paperweight, dated 1848, auction 25th January.

RARE PAPERWEIGHT DISCOVERY.

We are often asked to value paperweights and most that we see are not rare and worth just a few pounds. However we were delighted that a gentleman from St.Judes in Plymouth brought along to our recent valuation day a very rare and high quality 19th century paperweight produced by Baccarrat.   The millefiori paperweight...

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TETLEY TEA 'CHINESE' TEAPOT

It is understandable why Sarah Grizeal Garden Tetley-Jones (1916-2011) salvaged a Chinese teapot when she left Shanghai in a hurry at the outbreak of The Battle of Shanghai, in 1937, when armies of the National Revolutionary Army and the Imperial Japanese Army began the first of many battles. She and her family were part of Americas leading Trade Names ‘Tetley Tea’. Sarah brother was named Tetley Ironside Tetley-jones, and their...

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MUSEUM CABINETS NEED A NEW HOME

Western Morning News, Arts & Antiques Press Release.In 2020 there will be a ground-breaking new visitor attraction in Plymouth; the History Centre. The City Museum and Art Gallery will reopen as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations following a major refit. Collections form the museum have gone into store but two items have become redundant and will now be sold be auction. Some may recall climbing the staircase at the museum and being greeted...

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SOLD 4,600 (L) 3,000 (R)

SOLD 4,600 (L) 3,000 (R)

DEVON CLOCK COLLECTION TO BE SOLD

Many people visiting the National Trust property Buckland Abbey may recall a fine longcase clock inscribed ‘Bennett Plymouth’ on the dial. This regulator clock has been on loan to The Abbey, from an important clock collection of a Westcountry family. Enthusiasts and collectors will now have the opportunity to view and to bid for...

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LOT  447 Auction Wednesday 22nd January

LOT 447 Auction Wednesday 22nd January

SIGNED MANCHESTER UNITED BOOK FOR JANUARY AUCTION

A Plymouth musician is hoping to score a spectacular success at auction with a football book he bought at a school fete. Barnaby Ray was a youngster when he splashed out 20p on the Manchester United volume from a stall at his school in Illogan in Cornwall. But it was not until he got it home that he realised it contained the signatures of some of the greatest names in the Old Trafford club's glittering history, including legendary manager Matt Busby and footballing icons George Best and Bobby Charlton. The book is...

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This fine Lenkiewicz painting is expected to sell for 15,000-20,000 on 18th September

This fine Lenkiewicz painting is expected to sell for 15,000-20,000 on 18th September

TWO FINE LENKIEWICZ PAINTINGS FROM 2002

Two of the last paintings worked on by iconic Plymouth painter Robert Lenkiewicz are set to be auctioned in Plymouth in September. The works by the artist, who died  aged 60 in August 2002 from heart problems, are expected to realise more than £40,000 when they go under the hammer at the Plymouth Auction rooms quarterly art sale on September 18. The first, an oil on...

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FROM FRED YATES TO BOB DYLAN AND DAMIEN HIRST PLENTY ON OFFER AT THE SEPTEBMER ART SALE.

Work from two world-famous artists – legends in their respective fields – will feature in an auction in Plymouth next month. Pictures by American music giant Bob Dylan and British artist Damien Hirst are among the star lots at the Plymouth Auction Rooms Quarterly Art Sale on September 18, starting at 6pm. The sale, which represents a rare opportunity to...

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This stunning Self Portrait is expected to sell from 22,000 to 28,000 on 18th September.

This stunning Self Portrait is expected to sell from 22,000 to 28,000 on 18th September.

GREAT SELECTION OF ART AT THE SEPTEMBER AUCTION

Press Release - 9th September 2013 An important evening sale takes place in Plymouth next week, giving collectors a fantastic opportunity to acquire fine art by some of the city's leading artists.  Heading the list is Robert Lenkiewicz, with more than 80 works by the painter due to go under the hammer at the Plymouth Auction Rooms Quarterly Art Sale on Wednesday, September 18, starting at 6pm.

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FRED YATES COLLECTION RAISES 10,000

A man who splashed his £100 teenage savings on two works by an artist friend of his family has seen his investment pay off in style. Adam Hedley had intended to use the money to buy a guitar, but instead on a whim spent it  artworks by Fred Yates, who had stayed at the family home near Liskeard, in South East Cornwall.

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This pair of cloissone vases sold for 2,700

This pair of cloissone vases sold for 2,700

POST SALE REPORT NOVEMBER AUCTION

Frantic bidding and a large saleroom turnout saw a host of items exceed their estimates at a buoyant Plymouth Auction Rooms sale. The star lot was an impressive pair of Japanese cloisonné vases which went for £2,700 - more than five times the estimate. Dating from the Japanese Meiji period, the 44cm high vases were decorated with panels of exotic...

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SOLD 2,500

SOLD 2,500

DECEMBER 'FINDS' SELL WELL AT FINAL AUCTION OF THE YEAR

Several fine works of art and jewellery sold well at the final auction of the year at Plymouth Auction Rooms.The sale featured jewellery, watches, gold coins and pictures. Notables sale included a rare Beryl Cook original oil painting that was acquired directly from the artist selling for £8,000. Several lots of jewellery and silver that had been languishing in...

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This pair of Blackamoors sold for 3,800 to a Devon buyer against tremendous UK competition.

This pair of Blackamoors sold for 3,800 to a Devon buyer against tremendous UK competition.

BLACKAMOORS SMASH THROUGH ESTIMATE AT THE JANUARY SALE

A rare pair of carved wood and gilt Blackamoor figures were the stars of the show at the latest Plymouth Auction Rooms sale, when they sold for £3,800.  The much sought-after figures, each standing on a plinth and holding a serving tray, had been estimated at £1,000-£2,000. But a packed saleroom at the sale last Wednesday (January 22) watched in awe as a determined telephone bidder from South Devon fought off rivals to eventually land the Blackamoors for well above the estimate. The figures, which had been in a South...

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Lot 6, Auction 20th August-Thomas William Holgate, oil Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

Lot 6, Auction 20th August-Thomas William Holgate, oil Estimate 2,000 to 3,000

TWO CONTRASTING PAINTINGS OF CORNISH INTEREST FOR JULY ART AUCTION

Two very contrasting paintings by artists with a Cornish background are to feature at the Summer art auction in Plymouth.   Thomas William Holgate (1870—1953) was born in Lancashire and as well as a fine painter was talented singer and a...

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SOLD 5,300 FRED YATES 'Boat on the River Fowey'

SOLD 5,300 FRED YATES 'Boat on the River Fowey'

FRED YATES SELLS FOR TEN TIMES THE ESTIMATE

A real bid battle commenced this week at Plymouth Auction Rooms evening art sale.   From a small collection of works by Fred Yates; serious collectors spotted the charming small study of a boat of the River Fowey.   Auctioneer Paul Keen received quite a number of enquiries before the sale and felt that it may improve on its guide but he and many others were...

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One of William Taits Trains fired up in Central Park , Plymouth in the 1970's

One of William Taits Trains fired up in Central Park , Plymouth in the 1970's

INTEREST IN 'TRAIN MAN'S' MODEL LOCO BUILDS A HEAD OF STEAM

Interest in ‘train man’s’ model loco builds a head of steam   A working model steam train, lovingly built from scratch by a man fondly remembered by thousands of Plymouth youngsters, is set to be auctioned in the city. The wide gauge engine, along with tender, tools, coal and other equipment, was constructed as a labour of love by William Tait at his home in Plymstock. He...

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SOLD 10,500.

SOLD 10,500.

LENKIEWICZ PROFILE SELF PORTRAIT FOR SALE

Collectors of Lenkiewicz art will have the opportunity of bidding on a rare self portrait painting at Plymouth Auctions Rooms this month. Titled ‘Profile, Self Portrait’ the well kept oil on board painting measures 25cm x 19cm and is housed in a heavy black frame. It is signed and title and carries a guide price of £10,000 to £12,000. Auctioneer Paul Keen has sold several self portraits with one making £13,500 at his last sale. The auction includes a collection...

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The Chinese Vase that sold for 3,100

The Chinese Vase that sold for 3,100

CHINESE VASE SELLS FOR SIX TIMES ITS ESTIMATE

The main attraction of the June sale was the 19th century Chinese blue and white vase. It attracted tremendous pre sale interest with several Chinese collectors bidding from China the internet alongside competition from three telephone bidders. It finally sold for over six times its estimate to a Chinese specialist bidding from London for a respectable £3,100.   The 600 lots auction featured an eclectic range of items from a small job lot of Fountain Pens...

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Plymouth Porcelain Sauce Boat SOLD 2,800

Plymouth Porcelain Sauce Boat SOLD 2,800

THE BATTLE FOR PLYMOUTH PORCELAIN IS WON BY LOCAL COLLECTOR

The battle for a rare piece of Plymouth porcelain was won by a local collector bidding in the room. Tremendous national interest was generated by the discovery of the small 18th century Plymouth porcelain sauce boat. However a local collector of Plymouth items was determined not to be out bid and ignored our estimate of £200 to £400 and secured the piece for £2,800 against bidders online and telephone bidders. William Cookworthy (a Quaker pharmacist) of Kingsbridge discovered China clay in Cornwall in...

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A pair of original paintings by Sarah Louise Kilpack-Auction 25th February

A pair of original paintings by Sarah Louise Kilpack-Auction 25th February

CHANNEL ISLANDS ART TO BE SOLD IN PLYMOUTH

Sarah Louise Kilpack was born in Covent Garden, London on 15th December 1839. She was the youngest child of Georgina and Thomas Kilpack, a tobacconist, whose family lived above the shop. She drew and played the piano from an early age, and showed great aptitude for both. Her musical ability was such that the fees she earned from playing concerts enabled her to travel to the country to sketch. She moved to the Channel Islands in the middle 1860s,...

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ROLLING STONES MEMORABILIA SOLD FOR 500.

ROLLING STONES MEMORABILIA SOLD FOR 500.

ROLLING STONES MEMORABILIA FOR AUCTION

A collection of Rolling Stones Memorabilia will be on offer at our November auction. The collection was acquired by a local enthusiast from 1964 to 1967 and includes a rare set of autographs on paper including Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards. Brian Jones autograph may need verification as Bill Wyman often signed for Brian Jones also the Charlie Watts signature is indistinct. Original tour brochures and...

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COLLECTION SELLS FOR 1,500

COLLECTION SELLS FOR 1,500

GONE FISHING!!

Enthusiasts and collectors of fishing are expected to be out in force for a group of three original taxidermy fish. Each was produced by one of the leading Victorian taxidermists; John Cooper. They are housed in original glass cabinets and have the makers label set within their naturalistic settings. They have been in the same Devon family for many years who have now decided to sell all apart from one from the collection.   Auctioneer Paul...

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BEN MAILE OIL

BEN MAILE OIL

ART WORK FROM ONE OF BEN MAILE'S EARLIEST COLLECTORS

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PRESS RELEASE FOR THE FEBRUARY 25 AUCTION

When auctioneer Paul Keen was asked to select four notable lots from his sale next week he took no time in going to the watch section first. Picking up a Gents Rolex wrist watch he explained how the market for watches has developed in recent years with many new worldwide investing in watches.   Demand is highest for Rolex and Omega. The Submariner with black dial was purchased by the Devon seller new in 1981 and was recently serviced by Rolex at...

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BERYL COOK'S 'KISSING TIME' SETS SAIL TO CANADA FOR 19,200

BERYL COOK'S 'KISSING TIME' SETS SAIL TO CANADA FOR 19,200

BIDDING BON VOYAGE TO BERYL

Press Release 3rd March 2015  A unique and exceptionally rare Beryl Cook oil painting has sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms and now sets sail for Canada. The original piece of art sold for a staggering £19,200 to an overseas collector, who narrowly outbid a local Plymouth auction-goer. The painting – titled 'Kissing Time' – is in the much-loved local artist’s distinctively vibrant and fun style. As a Plymouth resident for...

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Lot 227- 14th September Sold 4,400. Rolex, a Gents stainless steel GMT Master II, Chronometer, Oyster Date wristwatch, with 'Pepsi' bezel.

Lot 227- 14th September Sold 4,400. Rolex, a Gents stainless steel GMT Master II, Chronometer, Oyster Date wristwatch, with 'Pepsi' bezel.

THREE SALES IN SEPTEMBER- VIEW SOME GREAT RESULTS

Top Drawer feature in the Western Morning News Saturday 1st October 2016.  Over the last two weeks Plymouth Auction Rooms have held three auctions generating some exceptional results. If you are considering selling fine works of art, jewellery or watches then these popular Westcountry auctioneers have the ability to achieve the best price for your items.   The energy and enthusiasm in which Auctioneer Paul Keen take his sales is well known and...

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John Cabello of Parade Antiques, Plymouth along with his son Dominic show of their new acquisition; the Baden-Powell mangle.

John Cabello of Parade Antiques, Plymouth along with his son Dominic show of their new acquisition; the Baden-Powell mangle.

BADEN-POWELL HAT SELL FOR 1,300

A hat made for and owned by the founder of the Scouting Moment has sold at auction for a remarkable £1,300. The hat was part of the collection of Plymouth enthusiast Mr Graham Brooks, a Scouting Silver Wolf, who had decided to sell his entire collection of some 400 items at Plymouth Auction Rooms last weekend.   The wide brimmed felt 'Scout Hat' dating from 1890 was manufactured for, owned...

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Nicholas Condy (1793-1857) St.Andrews Chruch Plymouth Lot 350

Nicholas Condy (1793-1857) St.Andrews Chruch Plymouth Lot 350

HISTORICAL PLYMOUTH ART

Read the fascinating feature written by Plymouth Historian Chris Robinson.

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POIGNANT POPPY ON REMEMBERANCE DAY

A poppy last worn with a set of medals on remembrance day in 1947 is to be auctioned on remembrance day this year. The set of medals from the great war are being sold by the daughter of brave soldier F. Hemmings who was awarded the Military Medal for ‘Bravery in the Field’. Mrs Paton of Plymouth tells the story of her father being gassed in the war and also shot through a metal purse, which is belief...

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lot 261 Auction 25th November.

lot 261 Auction 25th November.

RARE WATCH DISCOVER AT SOUTH HAMS VALUATION DAY

Last month Plymouth Auction Rooms held their inaugural free auction valuation day in association with Luscombe Maye at their office in Totnes. It was a very busy day for both teams with an interesting selection of objects brought in for appraisal. One of the highlights was a gentleman who came in with a small selection of jewellery that he had inherited from his family. During his conversation with the specialist, Andrew Spicer, he said that he...

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LOT 351 AUCTION 2ND MARCH 2016 SOLD 2,700

LOT 351 AUCTION 2ND MARCH 2016 SOLD 2,700

TITANIC REPLICA PAINTING TO BE SOLD AT PLYMOUTH AUCTION ROOMS

A replica of a painting with fascinating history is to be auction in Plymouth. Read all about it…. After the senate inquiry into the sinking of of the Titanic in 1912, one of the survivors, a Swedish businessman and rumoured military attaché called Mauritz Hokan Bjornstrom-Steffansson, filed a claim for $100,000 ($2.4 million equivalent today) against the White Star Line for the loss of a large neoclassical oil painting called...

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SOLD 890.

SOLD 890.

THE HISTORY OF THE LIEFDE

The recovery of an amazing haul of gold coins from the 18th century Dutch ship The Liefde has been recorded in a book written by Plymouth Ian Jim Gill and also Alan Bax. A commissioned painting of the ship by Tim Thompson will now feature at the next art auction at Plymouth Auction Rooms on Wednesday 2nd March. Any one wanting to learn more about the recovery is welcome to call in at the saleroom to take a look at the book and...

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THE CAMDEN TOWN GROUP AUCTION 23/3/16

A small painting purchased at a jumble sale in 1963 and later discovered to be the work of influential British artist Walter Sickert is to be sold by auction. Walter Sicker (born Munich 1860-1942) was a member of The Camden Town Group of English post-impressionist artists who were active around 1911 -1913. Named after the area of north London where they lived and worked, the group aimed to reflect the realities of modern urban life. They produced works covering...

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Lot 250, Auction 14th September, estimate 4,000 to 5,000Rolex, a fine gents steel and gold GMT Master II wristwatch with original box, papers warranty dated 2002, serial No P923700 in very good condition.

Lot 250, Auction 14th September, estimate 4,000 to 5,000Rolex, a fine gents steel and gold GMT Master II wristwatch with original box, papers warranty dated 2002, serial No P923700 in very good condition.

BUSY AUTUMN SEASON AHEAD

We have a busy calendar of sales ahead for the Autumn 2016 season.Starting with an interesting sale of antique Chinese porcelain on 14th September at 12noon. Two private collections from Devon have generated 80 lots and allowed us to put togather a special focused auction. The star lot is a Kangxi Period vase that is expected to sell for £1,500 to £2,000. However there are plenty of lots with guides around £50 that may appeal to new collectors in this area.No sooner have we held the sale then at 6.00pm on the same day we hold our popular auction of...

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SOLD 7,700 7th December 2016.

SOLD 7,700 7th December 2016.

2016 ENDS ON A HIGH WITH A 54,000 DIAMOND RING.

PRESS RELEASE. 2016 has ended on a high note at Plymouth Auction Rooms. Two major auctions in one week produced some outstanding results for paintings, jewellery and watches. Auctioneer Paul Keen timed his sales perfectly on 30th November and 7th December just before the festive distraction was in place. The 460 lots yielded the highest sales total for over five years with very few lots unsold. National and international collectors competed for many of the fine lots on offer. ...

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LOT 452 Auction 22nd January

LOT 452 Auction 22nd January

1960'S LEGENDRY SINGERS SIGNED SHIRT FOR PLYMOUTH FAN

A fan's encounter with a legendary singer in Plymouth could hit the right note at auction next week. Stan Ozanne was a huge admirer of Frankie Laine, who had a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic in the 1950s and 60s. So when the singer appeared at the city's former bowling alley in Mayflower Street in the late 1960s, Stan was determined to see him. Stan, 78, said: "Frankie was such a powerful singer - he didn't need a microphone. "After his show I managed to have...

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lot 425 SOLD  1,600 1887 Victoria 5 Gold, N.E.F. (a few edge nicks)

lot 425 SOLD 1,600 1887 Victoria 5 Gold, N.E.F. (a few edge nicks)

COIN COLLECTION ATTRACTS NATIONAL MEDIA INTEREST

Auction 3rd April 2013. Our recent auction of a collection of gold and silver coins attracted tremendous pre sale attention from UK and International collectors. Our initial estimate was doubled with the collection grossing over £30,000. The local Plymouth owner was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the result. The following day a major feature appeared in the local press which was followed up by national...

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READ ALL ABOUT IT.............

Take a look at some of the interesting news stories about some of the fascinating items that have been sold at Plymouth Auction Rooms.View Some News Stories

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DANISH RESISTANCE FIGHTER'S CARVINGS FOR SALE

Inuit carvings collected by a World War Two resistance fighter after his release from a Nazi concentration camp go on sale in Plymouth next month. The collection of seven rare marine ivory pieces, featuring  a sleigh, polar bears and elephant, were acquired by Dane John Christian Olsen, who was captured in 1944. He was sent to the Bochum labour camp...

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EMILY KEEN MODELS THE NORMAN HARTNELL DRESS

EMILY KEEN MODELS THE NORMAN HARTNELL DRESS

ROYAL DESIGNERS DRESS GOES UP FOR SALE IN PLYMOUTH

Royal designer’s dress goes up for sale in PlymouthView media feature   Fashionistas and lovers of classic clothing will be flocking to an auction house in Plymouth when a 1920s dress and bolero jacket produced by one of the most famous names in British design is sold.

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This early Beryl Cook painting is expected to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 on 4th December.

This early Beryl Cook painting is expected to sell for 8,000 to 10,000 on 4th December.

FIRST TIME ON THE MARKET FOR BERYL COOK PAINTING

Press Release. An early work by Beryl Cook, which had languished in a cupboard before being bought by a keen follower of her work, is expected to sell for up to £10,000 at auction in Plymouth. The untitled painting, never before seen on the open market, is particularly interesting as it also features an unfinished drawing on the reverse.

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Lot 408 Auction 26 February 2014

Lot 408 Auction 26 February 2014

PLYMOUTH'S GREAT EXPLORER

Two lots honouring one of Plymouth’s most famous explorers are set to break new ground when they go under the hammer at an auction in the city this month. The scrolls pay tribute to the legendary Scott of the Antarctic, otherwise known as Captain Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in Plymouth in 1868. He died in a doomed...

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Lot 41 Auction 26 February

Lot 41 Auction 26 February

GEORG JENSEN LEADS THE SILVER SECTION

A Georg Jensen silver cigar box will light up the next sale at Plymouth Auction Rooms later this month. The box, decorated with panels of stylised flowers, heads a list of eclectic lots at the sale at the firm’s Cattedown saleroom in Plymouth on Wednesday, February 26. It features impress marks 'Georg Jensen, 830' and 'JR' (possibly referring Georg Jensen designer Johan Rohde) and stands on bracket feet. Measuring 18cm by 14cm, it weighs 43.25oz and has...

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GEORGE BEST AUTOGRAPH AMONGST OTHER MAN UNITED STARS IN RARE PROGRAMME

A rare signed football programme is expected to excite football fans at the Plymouth Auction Rooms next month. In the 1970’s Charlie Cooper was the coach driver on the team bus for Manchester United Football Club. On an away match to the Arsenal Stadium he asked the players if they could sign the match programme for his daughter, Christina, who was unable to attend the match as she was on holiday in Devon at the time....

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PLYMOUTH ART SPANNING 100 YEARS ON OFFER AT THE MAY AUCITON

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MIKIMOTO

MIKIMOTO

MIKIMOTO PEARLS TO BE AUCTIONED

A set of Mikimoto pearls that were purchased in Hong Kong around 1950 are coming up for auction on 28th January. The cultured pearls have been well kept in their original silk purse and box. They were owned by a local lady and now the family are selling them along with a pair of pretty Mikimoto earrings and gold brooch. The collection...

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SOLD 3,700

SOLD 3,700

HIGH DEMAND FOR ROLEX WATCHES

  This year we have achieved some great prices for Rolex and other luxury wrist watches. Our online sales have brought a wide audience of national and international collectors to our sales. There are many new collectors for quality watches with their obvious appeal and potential increase in value they represent a good investment opportunity. Our July auction saw two Rolex Submariners sell over estimate at £3,700 each. A rare Rolex True Beat stainless steel wrist watch go for £2,400...

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Fred Yates in action around 1970

Fred Yates in action around 1970

'FOWEY BOATS' BY FRED YATES AT THE OCTOBER SALE

Plymouth Auction Rooms are establishing themselves as principle saleroom to sell paintings by Fred Yates (1922-2008). With several great results for his works at their art sales including two originals for over £6,000; the auctioneers now regularly receive national and international enquiries from collectors and sellers alike.   Expecting to attract interest at the October art auction is a pair of paintings titled ‘Boat on The Fowey I and II’ painted on the banks of the...

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Maggie Allen with her painting that she has donated to raise monies for the Poppy Appeal

Maggie Allen with her painting that she has donated to raise monies for the Poppy Appeal

THE BRITISH LEGION POPPY APPEAL.

Maggie Allen has kindly asked us to auction this charming picture of 'Poppies' painted by Maggie Jewell in 1977. The proceeds from the sale are going direct to The Royal British Legion 'Poppy Appeal'. Plymouth Auction Rooms will also be donating all commissions from the sale to the appeal. So please 'dig deep' on 10th December.

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Lot 74, Auction 9th December, Estimate 15,000 to 20,000.

Lot 74, Auction 9th December, Estimate 15,000 to 20,000.

ROBERT LENKIEIWCZ PROJECT 12 PAINTING FROM THE 2008 LONDON EXHIBITION TO SOLD

A rare Self Portrait by Robert Lenkiewicz (1941-2002) from the suicide Project 12 is to be auction in Plymouth next month. The oil painting from 1979 is titled ‘Self-Portrait at 37 thinking of myself at 65 with a stroke, recollecting myself at 37’. It was acquired directly from the artist at the time and has remained in a major Plymouth collection since. Valuer Paul Keen ‘there is always a good demand for Self...

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ROYAL MINT GOLD COINS SELL FOR OVER 25,000

Press Release-29th January 2015 Plymouth Auction Rooms are serving the high demand for commemorative gold coins. Auctioneer Paul Keen reports ‘having sold two major collections recently we have seen a wealth of new online bidders competing for investment opportunities’   Collectors are currently searching for fine proof coins produced by the Royal Mint or the Westminster mint.    With coin sales of over £26,000 in recent weeks, Paul is now inviting further collections for his...

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ROYAL BIRTH'S OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Many Royalists are still celebrating the birth last weekend of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana but we doubt the event will be commemorated in the same way as the Victorians. In the 19th century Royal and Political events were commemorated with pictures, carvings and photographs on...

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CONTEMPORARY SILVER COLLECTION UNDER THE HAMMER

Fashions have changed! And a collection  of 1970’s silver illustrates just how much’ Says Auctioneer Paul Keen. Ten years ago a Victorian silver teaset would attract a great deal of interest but today the ornate styles and rich embellishments of the high Victorian style does not fit with peoples tastes. However move forward to the 1970s and a collection of angular and plain silver is expected to attract a lot of interest. ...

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VALUATION OFFICE IN THE SOUTH HAMS

Luscombe Maye and Plymouth Auction Rooms are pleased to announce a new joint collaboration. On the second Thursday every month, Andrew Spicer of Plymouth Auction Rooms will be in attendance at the Totnes office of Luscombe Maye for FREE specialised auction advice on jewellery, watches and silver. A member of the Luscombe Maye team will be available for free advice on the property market. No appointment necessary between the hours...

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An extensive vinyl collection that sold for over 5,000 at the sale attracting worlwide bidders.

An extensive vinyl collection that sold for over 5,000 at the sale attracting worlwide bidders.

PLYMOUTH HERALD REPORTS ON OUR COLLECTORS AUCTION OCTOBER 20156.

Our fascinating Collectors Auction on 12th October was spotted by reporters at the Plymouth Herald. The sale featured some fascinating items and some of the results were impressive. Read all about it here…..The Herald

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PICASSO VASE- 'THE OWL' AUCTION 25TH JANUARY.

PICASSO VASE- 'THE OWL' AUCTION 25TH JANUARY.

PICASSO VASE DISCOVERY AUCTION 25th JANUARY 2017.

Paul Keen reports.On a recent visit to a remote Cornish cottage on the banks of the river Tamar I was asked to appraise a typical mixture of Cornish art, and sundry collectables. However as soon as I walked into the study one object stood out amongst the routine effects. An abstract painted pottery vase; it shouted Picasso (Pablo Picasso, Spanish, 1881-1973). On turning it over I could see an impressed marked ‘'Edition Picasso Madoura'. Later identified as Chouetton (owl), and part of the...

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Mr John Capon.

Mr John Capon.

THE JOHN CAPON COLLECTION OF ZULU ARTIFACTS & BRITISH REGIMENTAL INSIGNIA

Born during the London Blitz, and with his soldier father killed during the war, John grew up with a strong interest in military history.  He moved to South Africa at only twenty-one, when his company posted him to Cape Town.  After some years he was transferred to Durban, where he lived for thirty years. Whilst living in Natal, he became interested in the Zulu War of 1879. He spent a great deal of his free time exploring the...

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A MENAGERIE OF ROYAL CROWN DERBY TO BE SOLD FOR CHARITY

  READ THE NEWS FEATUREA Plymouth charity is in line for a £1,000 boost thanks to a kind-hearted donor – and a porcelain menagerie of animals and birds.The collection of Royal Crown Derby paperweight figurines was handed in to the YMCA charity shop in Cornwall Street, Plymouth, bundled in a plastic bag.But the 45 brightly-coloured items, which include a panda, penguin, chipmunk and bears, are highly collectable and are expected to be sold for a four-figure sum when they go under the hammer...

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DECADES OLD MYSTERY SOLVED

A decades old mystery involving one of Plymouth’s favourite artists and a weapon used by Pacific natives has finally been solved. The wooden object had been the subject of discussions and debate for years involving the family of the late Beryl Cook and visitors to their city home on the Hoe. Beryl’s son, John, said: “It had been in our house for years – certainly since we moved in during the late...

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SOLD 980 - 31st July 2013

SOLD 980 - 31st July 2013

RARE PAIR WWII GERMAN U BOAT BINOCULARS

An original pair of German U Boat binoculars, probably made by Zeiss, with canvas bag together with a German iron cross, were liberated by Chief Engine Room Artificer W.G.Wright at the end of the second world war.They were brought along to our valuation day this week by the family and will be sold at our auction on 31st July.W.Wright was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Auctioneer Paul Keen ''U Boat binoculars a popular amongst collectors and we expect these to sell for £300-£500" View Catalogue

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WORLD WAR TWO NAVIGATOR AWARDED THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

A medal awarded to a World War Two navigator for his bravery on combat missions in the Far East is being sold at auction in Plymouth. Flight Sergeant David Arthur Jones was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1946 after completing a host of sorties against enemy forces. He survived a crash over India in March 1943 when his aircraft was struck by another and plummeted to the ground four miles south of Dacca. An account of the incident, along with other details of his war service, are contained in a log book...